Saturday, March 17, 2012

Think on These Things #5 Lost Sheep

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
Matthew 18:12-14
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Then Jesus told them this parable:  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Luke 15:3-7
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Leafing through a binder where I keep poems and quotes I have collected, I remembered this poem that always touched my heart.
 How we love our children and want nothing more for them to be walking in the Truth.
I am thankful God hears our prayers for our children and lovingly woos them to Himself.
I was but a youth and thoughtless,
As all youths are apt to be;
Though I had a Christian Mother
Who had taught me carefully.

There came a time when pleasure
Of the world came to allure,
And I no more sought the guidance
Of her love so good and pure.

Her tender admonitions fell
But lightly on my ear,
And for the gentle warnings
I felt an inward sneer.

But Mother would not yield her boy
To Satan’s sinful sway,
And though I spurned her counsel
She knew a better way.

She made my room an altar,
A place of secret prayer,
And there she took her burden
And left it in His care.

And morning, noon and evening
By that humble bedside low,
She sought the aid of Him who
Understands a Mother’s woe.

And I went my way unheeding,
Careless of the life I led,
Until one day I noticed
Prints of elbows on my bed.

Then I saw that she had been there
Praying for her wayward boy,
Who for love of worldly pleasure
Would her peace of mind destroy.

Long the conflict raged within me,
Sin against my Mother’s prayers,
Sin must yield – for Mother never
While she daily met Him there.

And her constant love and patience
Were like coals upon my head,
Together with the imprints
Of her elbows on my bed.

And so at last the fight was won,
And I to Christ was led,
And Mother’s prayers were answered
By her elbows on my bed.
Author Unknown
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Friday, March 16, 2012

A St. Patrick's Day Birthday

 St Patrick's Day has always been special in our family since it was also my moms birthday.
Here she is at my aunts house with friends, my dad (in white shirt) and me (in green dress).
And a few more March 17th Birthday photos from years past.
This was her 2011 birthday, the last one she celebrated before being called to heaven to meet her Savior.

I've mentioned Mommy's life-long passion for sewing.
Recently I came across this pattern for a dress she made for me.
I am wearing it in the top photo to her birthday party and also (below) to her brother's wedding that same month.
 I have a sweet memory of wearing this dress.
I vividly remember, after telling my kindergarten teacher that I had forgotten my milk money, she took me by the hand to several  different classrooms to show the other teachers my fancy dress.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Loving Those Shamrock Shake Mustache Smiles

Not too sure why making shamrock shake mustache faces became a tradition here but these silly leprechauns always have a delightful time of it.
A cheerful heart is good medicine
Proverbs 17:22
It began way back when Jared was just 3 1/2 and Abbey 9.
(See the band-aid on his little finger?  He had the nastiest looking wort and we applied stuff to it and covered it everyday with a new band-aid.  It took three months for the wort to go away.  It took Jared two more months to begin bending his finger again!  Oh, those fun memories!)
And the tradition continues.
{smile} the two little ones kept licking their yummy mustaches off
 Jamie couldn't leave her newest wee lassie out of the fun and rubbed a bit o'shake onto McChloe's tiny lip.
O'Jared, wearin' o' the green
A couple of years ago I posted a recipe for a minty shake (click here to view)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Grasshopper Dessert Squares

Green and minty, cold and creamy.
A St. Patrick's Day dessert.
Make a head and store in the freezer tightly covered if you wish.
Grasshopper Dessert Squares
Source: The Pampered Chef Delightful Desserts cookbook, page 6

21 Fudge mint cookies (1 1⁄4 cups finely chopped )
1 tablespoon Butter, melted
1 qt Vanilla Ice cream
1 container (8oz) Frozen Topping, thawed, divided
1⁄4 tsp peppermint extract
4-5 drops green food coloring (optional)
fresh mint leaves
Additional fudge mint cookies, cut in half (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Finely chop cookies using Food Chopper; place
in Small Batter Bowl. Add butter, mix well. Press crumb mixture onto
bottom of Square Baker. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool completely

Place ice cream in fridge for 20 minutes to soften. Chill Classic
Batter Bowl in Fridge at the same time. Place Baker with cooler crust
in freezer

Scoop ice cream into chilled Batter Bowl. Stir until softened &
blended; gently fold in 2 cups of whipped topping, peppermint extract &
food coloring. Spread ice cream mixture evenly over cold crust. Cover
with aluminum foil; freeze 6 hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, let stand at room temp 10 minutes. Attach
open start tip to Easy Accent Decorator; fill with remaining whipped
topping. Cut dessert into squares with knife dipped in warm water. Garnish
each square. Add cookie half & mint leaves, if desired

Yield: 9-servings
240 Calories per serving

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Life Overflowing

The days have been so busy I'm not sure where to begin.
Recapping some of the recent happenings...
A few days after Chloe's birth, Caleb celebrated his 4th birthday. He was most happy all day and each thing he said seemed to come out in song.
Amid everything else, we had the roof replaced. It was a bit unnerving to have the house draped in dark plastic while workers tore off the old roof making a racket for those inside, but now we have a roof that should last longer than we do.
There was an unexpected return to the hospital for Jamie but baby Chloe was allowed to be there too. I gave her her first bath on the tiny counter in the bathroom while Pop-Pop snapped a few pics with Jamie's camera phone.
This little dear didn't give out a peep as I jostled and ruffled her trying to keep her warm in a less than ideal space. I couldn't refrain from kissing those soft baby cheeks.
Jamie's hospital stay brought Jill, Brad and kids down to lend a hand and give opportunity for Cousin~time.
Some more lovin' and a primrose and hyacinth announcing spring is on the way.
We watched Keri and Noah at Salao Soccer.
Jamie is home now and feeling much better. So good, that we all met at the playground to enjoy the warm sunshine (even thought the air was still nippy). Jill, Brad and kids will be heading back to NY in the morning.


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